UW-TCU postgame thoughts

No loss is ever considered good, but some are worse than others.

Wyoming’s 58-52 loss at TCU Wednesday night felt like it was one of the Cowboys worst so far this season.

The Cowboys turned the ball over 14 times (only five in the second half), made only seven shots in the second half and its three starting guards were a combined 7 of 24 from the field. Junior Luke Martinez was 2 of 12 — all from 3.

Junior forward Leonard Washington and senior center Adam Waddell were solid. They combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds. Both players got UW back in the game as they scored all nine points in a 9-0 run to cut an 11-point lead to two at 49-47 with 6:29 to play.

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UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

Wyoming may not shoot the ball that well most games, but it certainly did in its 75-64 win at Boise State Saturday.

The Cowboys recorded season-bests with 65.8 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from 3-point range. They’ll win a lot of games doing that.

Seven players scored at least seven points.

All that was impressive, along with the fact UW has won four straight road games and five this season.

But the two things that really struck me in this game:

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UW-CSU postgame thoughts

I’ve been covering Wyoming men’s basketball for about 15 years and have been to games the last 20. It’s been at least seven years since I heard the Arena-Auditorium that loud (at least at times) in UW’s 70-51 win over Colorado State.

Attendance was 7,901. Thought there might be more, but it was a great atmosphere.

Speaking of great, how about Leonard Washington?

32 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Many of us media folks thought he might have got short changed on some blocks and steals.

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UW-CSU key to the game

Here’s what I think the No. 1 key is for the Wyoming men’s basketball team to have success Saturday at home against Colorado State:

Good at guard: Wyoming needs to play well in the backcourt on both ends, but also play smart. The Cowboys’ depth is thin, and they can’t afford to get into foul trouble. Colorado State’s strength is its backcourt, and those players can shoot the ball from long-range and dribble-drive to the basket. UW, especially senior point guard JayDee Luster, must play well, play hard and play smart to keep up with CSU’s backcourt.

What do you think?

For my other four keys, and more on the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

UW-Air Force postgame thoughts

Wyoming won at Air Force 64-53 and I thought the difference in the game was UW’s offense in the second half.

There was a 3-point basket followed by a two-pointer by junior guard Luke Martinez that gave UW a 47-46 lead — a lead it never gave up.

Junior forward Leonard Washington added a layup for a three-point lead.

Then senior point guard JayDee Luster made his only shot of the night in three attempts — a 3-pointer for a 52-46 lead with 2:37 to play.

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